… and other ponderings in 11th-dimensional space

Aerospace

Dr. Barajas will be the opening Keynote Speaker at the IEEE Workshop on Engineering Applications (WEA) in Bogotá, Colombia

Apr 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Aerospace, Featured Articles, Mars Desert Research Station, NASA, Robonaut 2

Talks Titles: – NASA-GM Robonaut 2: An Engineering Revolution in Robotics and Automation – Mars Desert Research Station: Engineering Challenges in Self-Sufficiency Conditions



Mars Desert Research Station – Crew 109 Summary Report

Jan 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

The MDRS rotation for our Crew (CIX) has come to an end, and it is time for all to move on and to look for other planets! The table below summarizes the Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVA) performed during the 2 week stay over the 2011 Christmas period (Dec 17-Dec 31).  And yes, we had almost 54 […]



Where is Robonaut 2? where no humanoid robot has gone before.

Jan 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: Aerospace, Featured Articles, NASA, Robonaut, Robonaut 2, Robotics

The original Robonaut 2 (R2) is at the NASA-JSC in Houston, TX (Left). The second R2, originally intended for GM, ended up in the International Space Station (Right). There are two more R2’s, a flight copy of the one in the ISS, which is in Houston and the newest R2 which is at the GM […]



Crew 109 Journalist Report Day 13

Dec 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

Written by: Aster Stein. Here it is, my final report as crew 109 journalist. This was our last full day at the hab, the two past weeks have gone by so fast. Everyone here is happy to go back home, but there is of course a tiny part of sadness that we have to leave […]



MDRS EVA 22 Report: Skyline Rim

Dec 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

Today, David, Karon, and I did our final EVA by hiking  8Km to Skyline Rim and back. The three of us also did our first EVA together about 2 weeks ago.



MDRS EVA 20 Report: North Pinto Hills

Dec 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

Today, Nicky and Aster stayed at the HAB all day performing scientific experiments. Victoria and I headed to the highest point on the North Pinto Hills. In the afternoon I tested the improved controls and the micro-camera of our Mini Mars Rover.



Crew 109 Journalist Report Day 12

Dec 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

Written by: Aster Stein. The am-EVA team made an interesting discovery today. After a short drive, an innocent hike to a high peak in the North Pinto Hills. It went very well, but near the top of the hill they found a bone sticking out from the ground. It must have been there for a while […]



MDRS EVA 19 Report: Copernicus Highway

Dec 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

Today,  Aster, Victoria and I traversed Mars Copernicus Highway. Our entire crew was also quite busy with experiments in the HAB ranging from water testing and time-lapse photography to soil cultures.



Crew 109 Journalist Report Day 11

Dec 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

Written by: Aster Stein. The final stretch of crew 109’s stay at the MDRS is well under way. The biology team has finished their research on bacteria growth and tomorrow David will collect his last sample for his geology work. Nicky has spotted the first small green leaves in his plant growing project. Engineer Leandro has […]



MDRS EVA 16 Report: Up North

Dec 27th, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

Today, Karon, Vicky and I headed up North towards the Martian Sheep Knolls. Back on the HAB I got to have some robotics manipulation practice time on my Mini-Mars Rover.